Edit a wiki

In many cases, wikis are designed for the collective ownership of a community of users. Therefore, wikis are often edited by multiple people over time and are considered a work in progress.

What do you want to do?

Edit a wiki page

Edit a wiki link or its display text

View all pages of a wiki

Check out a wiki page for editing

Delete a wiki page

Edit a wiki page

To edit wiki pages, people need permission to contribute to a wiki. Find links to more information about managing access to a wiki in the See Also section.

  1. At the top of the wiki page that you want to edit, click Edit.

  2. Make the changes you want.

  3. Click OK.

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Edit a wiki link or its display text

A wiki link is a link to another page in the wiki. You can use wiki links to link pages together by simply using the page name surrounded by double square brackets. This procedure shows you how to edit wiki links, as well as the display text that someone sees when they click the link.

Wiki links are different from hyperlinks to pages or Web sites outside of the wiki. To edit or change hyperlinks, use the Hyperlink button Button image on the wiki toolbar instead.

You might need to edit the display text if the name of the page you want to link to is not clear in the context of the page where you are inserting the link. For example, if the page for brainstorming ideas about the first chapter of a book is named CH1, you might want "Chapter One Ideas" as the display text for the link, so that the purpose of the page is more clear.

  1. At the top of the wiki page that contains the link that you want to edit, click Edit.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To edit the path of the link so that it points to a different page, click between the two sets of double-square brackets ([[ and ]]), and then replace the current link with the name of the page that you want to link to.

    • To change the display text to something other than the exact name of the page, type a vertical bar character (|) after the name of the page (SHIFT + \) and then type the text that you want to appear:

[[Name of Page|Text that Displays]]

For example, to use different display text for a page named CH1, you would type:

[[CH1|Chapter One Ideas]]

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View all pages of a wiki

You can view all of the pages in a wiki site in one place, instead of navigating to each one in a wiki structure. The wiki pages are stored in a wiki page library, where you can edit them as you would documents in a typical document library.

From any page in the wiki, click Wiki Pages in the breadcrumb link at the top of the wiki page.

Note: To return to the home page of the wiki, click the name of the wiki in the breadcrumb link.

Tip: If the wiki site has a Quick Launch, you can also click the Wiki Pages link to see all the wiki pages, and the Home link to return to the home page.

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Check out a wiki page for editing

When you check out a wiki page, you ensure that others cannot make changes to the page while you edit it. While the page is checked out, you can edit and save it, close it, and reopen it. Other users cannot change the page or see your changes until you check it in.

  1. From any page in the wiki, click Wiki Pages in the breadcrumb link at the top of the wiki page.

  2. Point to the name of the wiki page that you want to edit, click the arrow that appears, and then click Check Out.

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Delete a wiki page

  1. From any page in the wiki, click Wiki Pages in the breadcrumb link at the top of the wiki page.

  2. Point to the name of the wiki page that you want to edit, click the arrow that appears, and then click Delete.

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